“Titanic” director James Cameron explains Jack Dawson’s “fundamental” death in the 1997 film.
It’s been over 20 years since the “Titanic” was released, but director James Cameron has yet to defend his decision to Jack Dawson die at the end of the film.
Cameron said “60 Minutes Australia” in a new interview that Dawson’s death was “fundamental” for the romance movie to make sense.
“It was a tragic, bittersweet end,” Cameron said , according to the news.com.au.
At the end of the movie, with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack, freezes to death after he gives a floating door for love Rose, played by Kate Winslet, so that they can ultimately survive.
“I mean, for me, is a story of love, is a transfer of energy, bi-directional,” says Cameron. “In this case it was a transfer of energy of his life force to her.”
Cameron went on to share that the door was a symbolic gesture, with a Jack-in essence, the giving of the Rose”, a spark that they needed to survive” and “its a different way of life.”
“The promise that she would never let go of is the promise to never let go of life,” said Cameron.
He continued: “The irony is she had to let go of his hand and let him go, but she has never let go of what he had given her, that is the gift and that spark. So, yes Jack had to die, that was a kind of fundamental importance.”
Last November, Cameron made a speech for the big question-why Jack was not able to live, to explain that together with the fact that “an artistic choice” in the 1997 movie “would have been meaningless.”
“That is very simple. . . . Of course, it was an artistic choice, the thing was just big enough for her, and not big enough for him . . . I think it’s all a bit stupid really that we with this discussion, 20 years later,” Cameron told Vanity Fair at the time.
“But it does show that the film was effective in making Jack so endearing to the public that it hurts them to see him die,” added Cameron, and notes that “(Jack) lived, the end of the movie would have been meaningless.”
“The film is about death and separation; he had to die,” says Cameron. “So whether it was that, or a chimney, fell on him, he went down. It’s called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons.”